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COLLECTION Identifier: A/V701

Journals of Lilla Viles Wyman, 1893


Journals kept by Lilla Viles Wyman.


  • 1893

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Lilla Viles Wyman as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1 folder

Collection consists of eight small notebooks (May-October 1893) detailing Lilla Viles Wyman's travels to and sojourns in Lake Placid, New York, and New York City. Diary entries include accounts of sightseeing, theater, ballet lessons from Mamert Bibeyran, and discussions of dressmaking and fashion; programs, sketches, and swatches of fabric are included. Other topics include traveling by boat from Fall River, Massachusetts, to New York, New York; searching for housing in New York, New York; unhappiness, and the Edwin Booth (brother of John Wilkes Booth) funeral.


Lilla Bell Viles Wyman was born in 1859 to John Viles and Frances (Thornton) Viles in Waltham, Massachusetts. Lilla Viles Wyman spent several years taking dancing lessons and traveling around the world. Lilla Viles Wyman married Walter Bowers Wyman on October 1, 1889. After Walter Bowers Wyman's death in 1891, Lilla Viles Wyman opened a dancing school in Boston, Massachusetts. She died in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, on April 13, 1944.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 90-M24

The journals of Lilla Viles Wyman were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Charles B. Wood III in 1990.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital Surrogates of the items in this collection are available through the Adam Matthew online database Gender: Identity and Social Change (Access restricted to subscribing institutions).

Processing Information

Processed: March 1990

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: June 2021

By: Cat Lea Holbrook

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Pforzheimer Fund for the Schlesinger Library, Jane Rainie Opel ’50 Fund, and Zetlin Sisters Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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